We'll be meeting with Buffalo later this week to get the details on its upcoming 802.11ac gear, but we just learned that it'll be launching its gigabit wireless router in the second half of 2012. The company expects to deliver 1300 Mbps speeds on this 5GHz wireless network, but it'll be backwards compatible with 802.11n as well. Range should be similar to other 5GHz devices, with the signal not expected to significantly penetrate the walls where it's in use. As for how the company expects this to be used, there's a major focus on home theater applications, from Netflix streaming to powering set-top boxes. Unfortunately, there wasn't any real hardware available for a hands-on — the image above is just a mock-up that the Buffalo reps received today, so we wouldn't assume this hardware design will be the final one.